What Do Forceps Mean?


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Forceps are an instrument resembling like tongs, pincers or tweezers used for holding, grasping and extracting objects. They are used in medical procedures, especially during surgery while delivering a child.

Although the word "forceps" is in a plural form, it pertains to one object. It is often mentioned as a "pair of" forceps quite like "a pair of scissors." The word comes from the Latin word by the same name, where the end "s" does not imply that the word is in plural. The plural of the word in Latin is forcipes.

In surgical procedures, forceps are used to handle needles or hold dressings in a sterile way. There are different kinds of forceps like disposable plastic forceps, smooth forceps for holding and removing stitches, tissue forceps and dressing forceps.

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